Substitutive "hospital at home" versus inpatient care for elderly patients with exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a prospective randomized, controlled trial.

@article{Ricauda2008SubstitutiveA,
  title={Substitutive "hospital at home" versus inpatient care for elderly patients with exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a prospective randomized, controlled trial.},
  author={Nicoletta Aimonino Ricauda and Vittoria Tibaldi and Bruce Leff and Carla Scarafiotti and Renata Marinello and Mauro Zanocchi and Mario Molaschi},
  journal={Journal of the American Geriatrics Society},
  year={2008},
  volume={56 3},
  pages={493-500}
}
OBJECTIVES To evaluate hospital readmission rates and mortality at 6-month follow-up in selected elderly patients with acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). DESIGN Prospective randomized, controlled, single-blind trial with 6-month follow-up. SETTING San Giovanni Battista Hospital of Torino. PARTICIPANTS One hundred four elderly patients admitted to the hospital for acute exacerbation of COPD were randomly assigned to a general medical ward (GMW, n=52) or to… CONTINUE READING
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